Ivy-leaved cyclamen, Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium is a flowering plant species that belongs to the Myrsinaceae family. It is widely cultivated, and is the most widespread of the Cyclamen species. It is commonly referred to as the Ivy-leaved cyclamen or Sowbread.

C. hederifolium is a tuberous plant. A tuber is a modified plant structure that is enlarged to store nutrients. It produces roots from its top and sides, leaving a bare base. The tuber enlarges with age. Older plants may have tubers growing more than 10 inches long. Leaves and flowers grow from buds on the top.

C. hederifolium has leaves of variable shape and color. Leaves may come heart shaped, long or arrow shaped. Usually there will be 2 to 3 angles lobed on either side, resembling young ivy. Color can be various shades from green to silver.

Flowers grow from late summer to autumn and contain 5 petals. They are usually pink, magenta or white and sometimes have a streaky magenta marking on the nose. The shape of the flower varies between long and thin to short and stubby.

C. hederifolium is indigenous to woodland, shrubland and rocky areas from southern France to western Turkey and on Mediterranean islands.

Image Caption: Ivy-leaved cyclamen, (Cyclamen hederifolium). Credit: Meneerke bloem/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.0 )